For most of 2018 I have been on an N+1 campaign, adding time trial bike, a full suspension mountain bike and a new road bike to my line up. That was N+3, or N+4 if you count my girlfriend's Focus Kao. But as the summer progressed, I started thinking about what my plans are for…Read more 3T Exploro First Ride Impressions
Incompleteness. It sounds so negative. It's essentially my entire work in oil on canvas. I 'finished' one painting, then decided I wasn't happy with it and painted over it. This unfinished bicycle race painting sits in a Rubbermaid box in my storage. It will likely never be finished. I think I returned to the camera…Read more ronde van vlaanderen
To formalize my relationship with Broad Street Cycles, I have been operating my consulting services as Zed Wheel Works Consulting. This is my proprietorship offering a part-time contract custom order wheel building services. I work full time in the IT consulting industry as a senior Solutions Architect for Sierra Systems. Prior to that I was VP Technology at…Read more Zed Wheel Works Consulting
Zed Wheel Works operating as Zed Wheels and zedwheels.com has permanently closed shop. If you'd been following along, you had read about Zed becoming a victim of fraud. That combined with the increased commitment needed to run a shop on his own, Brad decided to close down Zed Wheels. But he's not yet stopped building wheels! Zed has…Read more Zed is dead, but lives on at Broad Street Cycles
Short answer: small businesses, like mine. There are two types of credit card fraud. The first is the classic one that we all think about. Someone has stolen your card, or your identity or both, and goes on a shopping spree buying up everything in sight until the real cardholder contacts their issuing bank. The…Read more Credit Card Fraud: who is the real victim?
As I mentioned in a previous post, I was finding it challenging to accurately measure the amount of concentrated IlfoTec HC B&W developer when mixing up small batches for 120 or 35mm rolls. I knew that a syringe would be a big improvement over using the small Paterson graduated cylinder. My wife works in the…Read more IlfoTec HC: Use a medical Syringe
Earlier today, I said I'd picked up a Bronica SQ-B, where B purportedly stands for Basic. Yes, indeed this is a basic medium format camera. But it doesn't lack anything essential. Sure, you can't put a metered prism on here even if you wanted to, but that's okay by me. I didn't want to. I…Read more First roll: Bronica SQ-B
In the 1980s, I used to dream of one day owning two cameras: A Leica M rangefinder 35mm , and the iconic Hasselblad 6x6 120 professional film Camera. Our local source for great used cameras, Camera Traders has a Twitter feed that I follow. Earlier this week, up pops a Hasselblad 500cm with Carl Zeiss 8omm…Read more Going Square: Bronica SQ-B 6×6 Film Camera
Irreverence meets cyclocross in the annual single speed cyclocross world championships. Victoria, BC won the right to host this crazy and wonderful event. November 22, 2015 about 330 racers spilled over Western Speedway land, a facility for auto racing and dirt biking but also a frequently used venue for Vancouver Island's Cross on the Rock cyclocross…Read more SSCXWC 2015 Victoria, BC
Steven had previously purchased a set of custom hand built ENVE SES 8.9 clinchers with red Chris King R45 hubs. He uses them for Ironman and triathlon competitions. This fall, he ordered this set. Sticking with the same red CK R45 hubs, he chose the very balance all-rounder ENVE SES 4.5 clincher rim, a new…Read more Steven’s custom ENVE SES 4.5 clincher wheels
James asked to have his ZIPP 404 clincher wheel set upgraded to DT240s hubs. This would allow him to run 11 speed Shimano/SRAM cassettes on this older set of ZIPP wheels. The black nipples and black Sapim CX-Ray spokes definitely indicate a custom ZIPP build. ZIPP has done well over the years, but I have…Read more James’ ZIPP 404 upgrade
As a cyclist, if you've been paying attention at all, you'll have figured out that in British Columbia under Section 183(2)(d) of the Motor Vehicle Act, an operator of a cycle must not ride abreast of another person operating a cycle on the roadway, You may have learned this rule having been on the receiving end…Read more Is side by side cycling unlawful?
After 5 years of use, my Park Dial Indicators (Park TS-2Di) started to show their age. They no longer moved smoothly across the range, but jerky and the dial shaft would stick. This would cause incorrect roundness or trueness readings. I had to replace them. When I started looking into precision dial indicators, a Japanese brand…Read more TS-2Di Truing Stand Hack
I had ordered a set of Hope Mono RS 11 speed compatible road hubs awhile back and had been meaning to build up a set. If you've seen my builds with Hope disc hubs, you know I am a fan of Hope Technologies. Hope hubs are manufactured in the UK, not China or Taiwan and…Read more Hope Mono RS | Pacenti SL23 wheels
Pacenti SL23v2/Tune wheels: Just did my second day on the wheels. 100% pleased. Braking surface works extremely well. I just set PR’s on almost every segment I rode today so it’s gotta be the wheels. (plus my incentive to climb the ladder on sranks) Thanks again. Brian
If you've ever experienced creaking on a modern bicycle, determining cause can be very difficult. If you suspect that your wheels are the cause of the annoying creaking sounds, you'll want to first confirm that suspicion then try these steps to cure the creaking issue. The first step in confirming your suspicion of the wheels…Read more Crikey, there’s creaking!